September 23/24 – Rev. Bob Roth, Chaplain, Wesley at University of Michigan
“From Greed to Grace: The Economics of Jesus”
Exodus 16:2-15; Matthew 20:1-16
“Faith on the Grow” Fall Sermon Series
When young clergy in the United Methodist Church graduate from seminary they are commissioned to serve a church, but they are not fully ordained. They must move through a three-year “probationary” period before ordination. During that time the conference offers workshops to help hone skills in the midst of their experience. One workshop is called “Theology on the Go.” The point is that faith and theology are more than an academic pursuit or a study in history. It needs to be lived out in real time, and often it feels more like triage in the emergency room, than a well thought-out plan. It calls us to act and react and continue to learn and grow.
This fall’s sermon series will confront our faith with a similar understanding. Our faith is not static. It calls us to learn, move and grow. Christianity is not the same it was 2,000 years ago. It’s not even the same as it was forty years ago. And there are those who say that if Christianity does not change, it will die.
So, what is going on with the Christian Church? What is happening to our faith? Are we following God into the future, and what might that look like? With our sermon series “Faith On The Grow,” we’ll look at some of the issues and possibilities the future holds for our church and for our individual faith.
September 30/October 1 – Rev. Doug Paterson
“From Believing to Loving” Acts 15:1-11, 19 HOLY COMMUNION
October 7/8 – Rev. Doug Paterson
“People on the Grow” Hebrews 12:1-2
October 21/22 – Rev. Doug Paterson
“Where Faith on the Grow Takes Us” Revelation 22:1-5
October 14/15 – Rev. Nancy Lynn
“Uh Oh” Exodus 32:1-14
October 28/29 – Rev. Nancy Lynn
“The More Things Change…” Matthew 22:34-40
November 4/5 – ALL SAINTS CELEBRATION Rev. Doug Paterson
“Unlikely Saint” Luke 19:1-10 HOLY COMMUNION
November 11/12 – Rev. Doug Paterson
“Your Bishop is a Basket Case, and Invites Us to Be as Well”
Matthew 14:15-21 Stewardship
November 18/19 – Rev. Doug Paterson
“What Do You Have?” Matthew 14:15-21; 2 Kings 4:1-3 Stewardship
November 25/26 – Rev. Bob Roth, Chaplain, Wesley at University of Michigan
“If Elvira is Jesus, Now What?” Psalm 100; Matthew 25:31-46
Advent 2017 “Waiting For Emmanuel”
Advent is a season of waiting, but we often feel like it’s a season of rushing, worrying, and checking our lists. How can we slow down the pace and recognize what it is we’re waiting for? Our Advent sermon series is called Waiting for Emmanuel and will give us a chance to reclaim what Advent is meant to be about.
December 2/3 – ADVENT I Rev. Nancy Lynn
“Expecting the Unexpected” Isaiah 64:1-5a; Mark 13:33-37
December 9/10 – ADVENT II Rev. Nancy Lynn
“Prepare the Way” Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8
December 16/17 – ADVENT III
5:00 pm Green Wood “Service of Light in Darkness”
All of us sometimes encounter feelings of grief, loss, sadness or loneliness during the Christmas season. Everyone is welcome to a special Service of Light in Darkness at Green Wood for those who need God’s comfort and healing during the holidays. You’re invited to bring a picture or memento that represents your loss to place on the altar.
9:30 am Downtown Children’s Christmas Musical
Enjoy a performance of “Radio J-O-Y” led by our youngest musical
ensembles (Words by Terry W. York, Music by Vicki Hancock Wright)
11:15 am Downtown Rev. Nancy Lynn
“Light In Darkness” Isaiah 61:1-4; John 1:6-9
December 23/24 – ADVENT IV
Green Wood and 9:30 am downtown Rev. Nancy Lynn
“Hope Born of a Miracle” Luke 1:26-38
(Please note: one service only this Sunday morning)
December 24: Christmas Eve Worship
5:00 pm: Candlelight Service – An intimate setting for a candlelight celebration of Christmas.
5:00 pm: Children’s Christmas Service – A service where the very young participate in the telling of the Christmas story.
7:30 pm: Family Service – A service where our young people share their gifts in word and music.
11:00 pm: Candlelight Service – A traditional service of light, love, and Christmas music.
December 30/31 – Rev. Doug Paterson
(One Sunday service only at 9:30 am)
January 6/7 – Rev. Nancy Lynn
(One Sunday service only at 9:30 am)
“Four Kings and a Baby” Matthew 2:1-12